David Bowie is retiring from live performing. According to a story in The Guardian, Bowie’s booking agent John Giddings said that the artist doesn’t plan to get back to touring. “David [Bowie] is one of the best artists I’ve ever worked with. But every time I see him now, before I even speak to him, he goes, ‘I’m not touring’ and I say, ‘I’m not asking,’” Giddings said in a MusicWeek article. The last time that Bowie toured was in 2004, to support his album Reality. This does not, however, clear up whether Bowie is open to doing one-off performances.
Despite the end of touring for Bowie, he’s still staying productive, and just two years ago released The Next Day. His off-Broadway musical Lazarus also opens in December.
But this does mark one less thing we’ll be holding our breath for.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.